This is the chronicle of a monarch's religious intolerance, a nation's fear, and the unimaginable courage of the Protestants who died for their faith—more than three hundred victims in less than three years. Award-winning historical biographer Jasper Ridley explores the dark years of Mary Tudor's reign using an absorbing narrative and meticulously researched history to relThis is the chronicle of a monarch's religious intolerance, a nation's fear, and the unimaginable courage of the Protestants who died for their faith—more than three hundred victims in less than three years. Award-winning historical biographer Jasper Ridley explores the dark years of Mary Tudor's reign using an absorbing narrative and meticulously researched history to relate a tragic, brutal, and often inspiring tale. Eight pages of black-and-white photographs are included. "Ridley tells the story of England's Terror with verve."—Sunday Times (London)...
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Bloody Mary's Martyrs Reviews
The information was good. The author's style of writing leaves much to be desired. It was kind of like eating a good tasting fish that is full of bones.
This book read like a high school book report of Foxe's Book of Martyrs. By the end, I was just reading it so that I could warn others. There was little perspective, just listing after listing of who died in the fires and vignettes of things they did before they died.It just droned..on...and...on...and...on..Like I get it, they died, but how about what was going on around this, how about some perspective? Some historical analysis!Don't read.
Having looked at the author's list of other books and the bibliography in this, I was in expectation that he would be eminently reliable and do some original research, e.g., go to the traditional places of execution, take new photographs, show photos of any personal effects that some martyrs (like Cranmer) had which might still exist. Show us photos of the books by martyr-authors, e.g., an interesting copy of Latimer's Fruitfull Sermons. Incorporate new research, make experiments. He did nothing. Instead we have an overtly juvenile retelling of what Foxe already told us with not much new to add, but taking us back to the maudlin books of Victoria's reign. There are no footnotes and scarcely anything that can be called endnotes. This is a "popular" book in the worst sense. Why not read Foxe instead? I was shocked and disappointed that Ridley was obviously unread on the topic of early English bibles, especially with such a book as that wherein the history of the vernacular scriptures is of importance. Given his area of interest, one would think that he would read up on the subject, but it's quite evident he did not, which is alarming. He commits errors that were eradicated by Demaus in his biography of Tyndale (1871; new edition 1886), e.g., Ridley repeats the common error that Tyndale did not translate from the original languages, that he merely translated it from the Latin Vulgate (good grief!), which confuses Tyndale with Coverdale to whom Ridley gave no credit re: the 1537 Matthews Bible. It is established that Tyndale translated from the 1522 Erasmus. It is also established that the 1537 Matthews (wherever it was not Tyndale's translation) was Coverdale's work, edited by John Rogers alias Thomas Matthew. It is also established that Tyndale found a printer in 1525 at Cologne to print his 4to NT - one copy of it exists in the British Library - at least one copy of a book which Ridley states no printer would dare to print!? Even Anderson was onto it in 1845. Perhaps an old man such as Ridley could be excused, but even so, this is a book which would be quickly picked up by church-goers and amateur history enthusiasts who may take his word at face value and begin repeating his errors (looking at reviews online, everyone has missed these problems). While much work has been done on early English biblical versions since his book was published, yet Ridley still could have had at his disposal Pollard's Records of the English Bible, Deanesly's Lollard Bible, Demaus' William Tyndale: A Biography, among others, Christopher de Hamel's The Book which was published the same year (2001) and by reading those correct his mistakes. Thankfully much real research has been done on Foxe (etc) in recent years, so we can leave this unfortunate book behind.
I started this book but could not finish it. While fascinated with this period of English history and wanting to understand “Blood Mary”, I could not read the explicit details of the deaths of the martyrs. What horrors happen in the name of religion and are remembered for centuries. Do not read this book at bedtime or if you have a sensitive heart.
Mostly balanced view of the religious issues of the era. A true tale of man's inhumanity to man. Sad that this was winked at in the end. But if religion is simply an exercise in avoiding persecution or staying on the right side of the powers that be, then the waffling is understandable--though disappointing. Truly disheartened by the truths shared about John Knox.
Some interesting history, mainly focused on the religious upheaval in England during the reign of the Tudors. However, there are some sloppy mistakes and at times it is just a listing of those who were burned.
Excellent- Proves that history is more shocking and suspenseful than fiction.
A very tangled time in history.
The terrors of Bloody Mary's reign and the history behind it all.